Basic Job Description:
Fabricate and repair jewelry articles.
1) Cuts and shapes metal into jewelry pieces, using cutting and carving tools.
2) Estimates wholesale and retail value of gemstones, following price guides and market fluctuations.
3) Grades stones for color, perfection, and quality of cut.
4) Immerses gemstones in chemical solutions to determine specific gravity and key properties for identification and appraisal.
5) Examines gemstone surfaces and internal structure to evaluate genuineness, quality, and value, using polariscope, refractometer, and other optical instruments.
6) Pours molten metal into mold, or operates centrifugal casting machine, to cast article.
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7) Forms sand or rubber mold from model for casting article.
8) Places model in casting ring, and pours plaster into ring to form mold.
9) Forms model of article from wax or metal, using carving tools.
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10) Solders pieces of jewelry together and enlarges or reduces size of rings, using soldering torch or iron.
11) Repairs, reshapes, and restyles jewelry by replacing broken parts or using hand tools and machines.
12) Ties or twists gold or silver wires together, and bends to form rings.
13) Immerses jewelry in cleaning solution or acid to remove stains, or in solution of gold or other metal to color jewelry.
14) Smoothes soldered joints and rough spots, using hand file and emery paper, and polishes with polishing wheel or buffing wire.
15) Arranges jewelry pieces into specified design, softens metal by heating with gas torch, and shapes, using hammer and die.
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Holland / RIASEC Career Code: R-E-C SOC: 51-9071.01